Another year, another disappointing playoff loss by the Baltimore Ravens. Back in 2019, the Ravens were upset by the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round, a game in which they were the heavy favorites as the No. 1 seed in the AFC and led by the MVP of the league Lamar Jackson. In that game, the offense struggled to move the ball and was only able to score 12 points—a number much lower than their league-leading 31.9 points per game average. The narrative quickly became that the Ravens cannot win in the postseason with this style of offense, and questions arose about Jackson’s ability to throw on obvious passing situations. Fast forward to 2020, and those same narratives are still very much relevant.
In Saturday’s Divisional Round loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Ravens' offense once again failed to show up. The Ravens scored only three points in the game, and outside of a few Jackson scrambles, could barely move the football. Much of the blame for Saturday night’s loss will fall on Jackson, and he does deserve to bear some of the blame as he did play poorly. However, it is abundantly clear that there are some serious issues with this Ravens offense that go way beyond Jackson and his ability as a quarterback. If the Ravens hope to ever get past the Divisional Round, then they need to prioritize protecting Jackson and finding him additional weapons in the offseason.
That being said, using The Draft Network's Mock Draft Machine, I ran a seven-round mock draft to see which prospects the Ravens could look to add in April to improve this football team.
Round 1 (No. 28 overall) Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
Upon watching the Ravens this season and in their playoff games, it became apparent that the loss of future Hall of Fame guard Marshal Yanda had a huge impact on this offense. Yanda, who played right guard for the Ravens during his 13-year NFL career, was a key component in the success of the Ravens' offense back when they were dominating the league in 2019. In order for this offense to succeed, they need much better play along the interior of this offensive line, as Bradley Bozeman and Ben Powers aren’t going to cut it. Drafting Wyatt Davis here is a bit of reach but fills a huge position of need—and there wasn’t a receiver I liked here as both Rashod Bateman and Terrance Marshall were off the board.
Round 2 (No. 60 overall) Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
I believe the interior of this offensive line needs to improve so much that I chose to double-dip. As we all saw in Saturday’s game, Ravens center Patrick Mekari struggled not only in protection but with simple snaps. Drafting the best center in the draft this late in the second round would be a home run for the Ravens. The additions of both Davis and Humphrey would give this offensive line a much-needed boost and would greatly help Jackson.
Round 4 (No. 131 overall) Patrick Johnson, EDGE, Tulane
The Ravens will surely be in the market for some edge defenders as both Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue are set to be unrestricted free agents. Patrick Johnson is a nice value in the fourth round and is a perfect fit for this Baltimore defense. Johnson is a versatile edge defender who played multiple spots at Tulane this season. Having lined up on the ball as an edge defender and off the ball as a stand-up SAM, Johnson’s versatility is a great fit for Wink Martindale’s multiple look scheme.
Round 5 (No. 166 overall) Austin Watkins, WR, UAB
In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have had to wait until the fifth round to draft a receiver, but there just wasn’t any value at the position in the earlier rounds. The Ravens need to add receivers this offseason, specifically a receiver who has the strength, catch radius, and ball skills to win in contested situations. Enter Austin Watkins, who checks all of those boxes. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Watkins has the size to body defensive backs and has that alpha mentality that when the ball is in the air, it’s his. He would be a great addition to this Ravens' receiver corps that is in need of a major overhaul.
Round 6 (No. 207 overall) Matt Bushman, TE, BYU
The Ravens were at their best last season running 12- and 13-personnel with Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst, and Nick Boyle. However, that was lacking in 2020 as the team traded Hurst last offseason. Adding a tight end here is good for depth purposes, but Bushman is a guy I think could contribute early on in his career. He’s a good athlete who can be moved around the offense and be a matchup problem if used correctly.
Round 6 (No. 212 overall) Mustafa Johnson, DT, Colorado
I don’t feel great about going this whole draft and not drafting a corner, but I really like Johnson, and I think he would be a good fit for this Baltimore defense and culture. He has the ability to play all along the front, which again is something I think is good for Martindale’s mixed front. He may lack length, but he has the athleticism, quickness, and motor to develop into a nice rotational interior defensive lineman.
The Ravens are on the cusp of winning big and are really just a few pieces away from reaching their ultimate goal. I think a draft class like this would go a long way in accomplishing just that. Now it is your turn to draft for the Baltimore Ravens by using our Mock Draft Machine!